Cinderella cleans up good (or decent at least)

Well, I got the essentials stowed away in better localities, sorted various keep-sakes and other items of interest (hey, that’s where that thing was all this time!), stuffed and piled up several bags of trash, peeled away and hauled out that ragged piece of carpet, then did some sweeping and sweeping and more sweeping. Gradually, the room became enter-able once again. Also got rid of some old paint cans and bits of left-over fix-up stuff stacked in the other doorway, providing extra enter-ability, as well as exit-ability. I was pleasantly stunned at how much the house has really opened up. It almost feels bigger than way back when I moved in. There are now two routes for going from front to back to front to back and around and around and around — whew! gotta sit down now. OK, so here’s a first-look:

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I set up the chair and small table for afternoon tea and morning coffee — gotta get use to the new space, you know. And note the door panel leaning against the wall, because that’s about to get re-purposed, as well.

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I’d wanted to make a work table out of it but couldn’t decide on what to use for supports. Looking around online, I found and borrowed this idea from the folks over atĀ Trendy Tree. Thanks y’all! I didn’t bother dressing it up like they did, since that might have created a clash with the current state of things. Here’s another shot with a few added accessories:

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And with that ends phase 1 of my project. Phase 2? That one’s still hanging with the dust in the air at the moment. But here’s another forgotten item I found among the debris: thinking and doing are actually two different species of activity (“well, duh, Fred! anyone could’ve told us that”). OK, let’s give this another shake: thinking too long about something only gave me an excuse for not doing it; but then, only after I did it did I realize the importance of the thinking part. Yeah, that leaves my head spinning, too. But let’s face it: becauseĀ reality is such a brain-drainer, the body, mind and spirit simply need a little recharging now and then. Reading a good book, listening to music, playing with the dog, sitting down with a hot cup of tea or coffee — and most important of all: PRAYER!!! — these things are necessities of life. And I’m sure you could add a few of your own, so get busy recharging already and enjoy. Till next post!

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Meet Cinderella

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Meet the room. Not much to look at, is it? Well, it looked worse the day before. Why had I let it get that way? Well, for about the first 8 years of living in this house, I had designated it a spare bedroom for possible guests; however, with no prospective occupants showing up, and no other space left for storing stuff, — OK, let’s call it what it is: junk — the spare bedroom got re-purposed into a “storage room” for anything and everything that needed getting out of sight. I just kept tossing in one thing after another, until the entire space had devolved into a kind of forbidden zone.

Then came this idea for what I call the Third Life. That’s the way I’ve been recently looking at the next 15 to 20 years of mine, as a time for picking up some pieces of past experience, packing them up with some new learning, and taking a more innovative approach to living. The same applies to this once-spare, once-forgotten room, yet once again receiving a re-purposing of sorts. I’m still in the planning phases of what that next purpose will be, but for now first things first: the remaining junk needs to go, the rest of the carpet needs ripping up, and a good sweeping and scrubbing are very much in order. So, that’s where things stand at this point. And that’s also where this blog is set to go, toward chronicling the transformation of wasted space from has-been to will-be to ready-to-order.